MICHE BOOZ architect TAZ EZZAT builder DAVID PEABODY energy consultant CAROLINA PACHEO designer MICHAEL HINDLE passive house consultant JANICE ROMANOSKY leed rater IZUMI KITAJIMA passive house expert PETER DOO green building challenge consultant LAUREN WHEELER landscape WILLIAM BRICKEY craftsman BROOKS GRASSO finance BRUCE L JONES builder JULIA CRAIGHILL materials MARY SPER landscape design KOHTA UENO building science MEGHAN GRIFFIN materials SAM YOUNG materials GRAHAM WRIGHT passive house rater JASON BRENNAN solar array PETER NEUBAUER structural engineer DEAN PACKARD site engineer JOHN ESSIG heating cooling ROBERT PHINNEY materials SUSAN BLOCK MOORES materials ANDY CORRAL passive house rater JAY HALL energy windows AUBREY GEWEHR energy recovery ventilation RUSTY COLLINS crew foreman ED GADDY owner



miche booz designed the house. he is an artist and as well as an architect. please look at his art and his architecture at:

i needn’t say more.

in basics, i only asked that my house be on a single floor, have overhangs, and a two-car garage. i left practically everything else up to miche.  i think the results are spectacular.

miche has exceptionally well-honed communication and interpersonal skills. he worked effectively with the builder, with me, and with everyone else on the project. he handles problems without upset, even problems caused by others. Very nice!

Miche designed a house that is low maintenance, is carbon neutral, uses construction materials harmless to the environment, has pleasant natural lighting, and good traffic flow.

he patiently re-worked the house details several times so that the very highest energy efficiency could be attained. this had to be quite painful; yet it was done without the slightest complaint. his drawings are comprehensive and accurate. they made it through the permitting process on the first try!  i understand that this is unusual.

miche strongly supports environmentally and community friendly homes and projects.

miche can be reached at 301 774-6911.



taz ezzat has been building houses for more than 30 years. he has been a great builder for my home and I think he would be a great builder for any home.

perhaps his greatest motivation is to please his customers.

taz has understood, planned, organized, directed, staffed, and controlled the build almost to perfection. everything about the build process seems to flow together effortlessly!

taz is constructing my house with excellent quality and according to plans. the later is especially important for a house that is to be leed, living building challenge, and passive house certified.

when i have had concerns, taz has addressed them thoroughly; and, by the by, the very large majority of my concerns were allayed with nothing more than an explanation.

some specifics:

as the design of the house developed, the framer we had originally picked decided that the wall specifications were outside of its usual construction techniques and decided not to participate in the build. i thought we were in trouble. it took taz less than two days to get bruce l. jones, who is himself an excellent builder, signed on for the task.

when a front loader developed a small leak in one of its hydraulic lines, taz placed plastic sheet under it to prevent the leak from contaminating the site. when he learned that LEED recommended a spill kit to clean up and protect from spills, Taz provided one quickly.

one of the windows wraps around a corner. it will be difficult to install. as has been the case in several other instances, taz devised an innovative method to accomplish this.

the house requires the careful control of materials. taz has gone out of his way to see that this gets done. as an example, the house foundation needed to be protected against moisture; but the living building challenge consultants had not specified a material required for this. Taz asked before specifying the material.

this list goes on and on.

taz’s company, maryland custom builders inc., has a website at:



william brickey has worked on the house from the start. he is the best craftsman ever. he sculpted the foam glass insulation under the foundation so that it fit around the drain pipes to perfection. he installed the interior trim for the house and he painted the interior of the house. i have honestly never seen a better trim or a better paint job. he put up the kitchen cabinets that didn’t fit together so well so that they did fit well. he erected the unusually shaped structure for the solar panels.

if you want a job better than well done, give him a call at 301 520-1319. you’ll be glad you did.



brooks grasso did a great job of arranging a construction loan for the house. he and the columbia bank’s mortgage division, fulton mortgage company, were pleased to offer a loan on my old hopkins road energy efficient and environmentally benign house. this was in startling contrast to some other banks. not only that, our build did not start anywhere near the date we provided; because of this we ended up way behind schedule. fulton mortgage took this in stride and made effective arrangements to overcome the problem. i could not be happier with brooks and the mortgage company.

brooks is extremely knowledgeable, very responsive and very helpful. i’ve taken the liberty of presenting his contact information in the form of a scan of his business card and included copies of a few of his awards. if you’re in need of a construction or other home load, he’s the one.

like all of my appreciations, this is unsolicited and i receive nothing for it.

a really helpful person
a really helpful person


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